Up Helly Aa is a tradition that originated in the 1880s. Up Helly Aa is the biggest event in Shetland, and is one of the most compelling reasons to visit Shetland.
Up Helly Aa takes place on the final Tuesday of January, this year on Tuesday 29th January 2019. ‘Europe’s largest fire festival’, a spectacular community tradition celebrating their rich Viking heritage, annually held in Lerwick, Shetland.
Up Helly Aa 2019 is on Tuesday 29th January 2019
Jarl Squad Timetable
Outlined below is the outline timetable for the Jarl Squad for Tuesday morning:
09:00 March to British Legion – starting location varies year on year.
09:40 Leave British Legion and march along Esplanade, along Commercial Street pausing at the Bill located at Market Cross. Finish at Bressay Ferry Terminal for photos; please note area is cordoned off for official photos.
10:30 Depart Bressay Ferry Terminal for civic reception.
Throughout the rest of the morning and early afternoon there are a series of visits to the Primary Schools, Hospitals and eventide homes with some lunch in between.
15:30 Visit Shetland Museum
19:15 Guizer Jarl Squad passes up the ranks of the Guizers
19:30 Procession commences
21:15 Visit first hall of evening